Despite the decline experience year after after in the Android tablets’s market, several company still believes in the segement. After all, even Google is uninterested in offering a separate tablet-centric experience like Apple does with iPadOS. The most popular brands are Samsung and Huawei, but Panasonic is also there with its lineup of rugged tablets, the Toughbook series. The company has now unveiled Panasonic Toughbook A3 Rugged Tablet with a lot of features to justify its name.
Panasonic Toughbook A3 Specifications
The Panasonic ToughBook A3 is built around a 10.1-inch LCD display with 1920×1200 pixels of resolution and a peak brightness of 800 nits.
The tablet also offers 5 configurable physical buttons around the bezel as well as a volume rocker and a power button. To keep some of its characteristics, the A3 introduces IP65 water and dust resistance and is MIL-STD-810H compliant.
The device boasts a 5MP shooter on the front and a single 8MP camera on the back. Under the hood, the tablet boasts the mid-range Snapdragon 660 SoC. It is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of Internal Storage.
It also offers support for microSD cards. The software part is a big disappointment. The device ships with the 2018’s Android 9 Pie and that is a shame. We’re just a few months away from getting full-fledged Android 11. Panasonic should have provided at least Android 10.
The device also comes with a Panasonic Compass Suite for enterprise management tools. It includes a barcode scanner, a smart card reader, and a second USB-A port for the client’s specific needs.
Among its key selling points, the Toughbook offers dual-swappable batteries and a built-in stylus. Other features include full-sized USB-A and Type-C ports as well as dual SIM support. It’s pretty much a complete package for users needing a strong durable table. It fits perfectly for first responders, emergency service personnel, and field service agents.
Apart from the outdated software, the tablet offers all major Global Navigation Satellite Systems.
Two Swapping Batteries
To keep lights on, the tablet has two mediocre batteries with 3,200mAh rated capacity. Why isit is mediocre? Well, that’s just too few for a 10-inch device. At least there are two swappable batteries in the package. Things get worse when Panasonic is selling a separate 5,500mAh battery for the table which can push the usage time to 15 hours on a single charge. The company could have shipped the tablet with that 5,500mAh battery but choose to sell it separately. Charging duty is done through a proprietary AC adapter.
Panasonic Toughbook A3 Price and Availability
The Panasonic Toughbook A3 sells for £1,182 ($1466) in the UK. The device will go on sale in August.